Why I’ll never cancel my Stitch Fix membership

I’ve never been one of those girls who loves shopping. Hanging out with my bestie in Anthropologie was always fun. I could wander around a book store for hours. I love getting new running shoes. But when it comes down to it, day long, we-need-to-buy-you-a-whole-new-wardrobe-or-at-least-a-winter-formal-dress trips aren’t for me.

As a teenager, I remember heading out for shopping trips with my mom. We’d pile into the car, full of expectations, and drive to the closest mall. Walking in through Nordstrom, we’d always start in the shoe section (easy enough). But somewhere between the second dressing room and a Starbucks visit, the trip stopped being fun. I’d be frustrated, angry, and sad. My mom would try so hard to cheer me up and pull me out of the fog of self-criticism, but I’d normally just snap at her. It got to the point where we couldn’t shop together anymore, which broke my heart. I love my momma.

If we’re being real, shopping for clothes has been a battle since 2005, when I was diagnosed with anorexia. Although I’m no longer that thirteen year old thinking she needed to lose 20lbs, shopping has never gotten much easier. Every time I enter a dressing room, my mind is filled with all the “shoulds” of the last twelve years, namely that I “should” fit into a size 4.

I've been a part of Stitch Fix for years and writing Stitch Fix reviews for months now. This is why I will never cancel my Stitch Fix membership.

I believed this “should” so deeply that all throughout high school, I wouldn’t keep clothing if it wasn’t in a size 4. I’d go shopping with my best friend and try on tons of dresses, even if I absolutely loved one that fit me in a 6, I wouldn’t buy it. In my irrational, eating disordered head, 6=fat. If I had to size up, I’d start crying, get angry/frustrated/sad, and ultimately walk out of the store.

Even as I recovered, got stronger, and reclaimed bits and pieces of my life, shopping didn’t get much easier. I’d still get upset about sizing up and body dysmorphia made trying on clothes feel like a freak show. Hitting the mall was a major trigger that could throw me off for an entire week. If I felt “fat” from a shopping trip, I’d eat less or over-exercise to compensate. Not a good plan.

It wasn’t until after college that I discovered the Stitch Fix: the service that made shopping so much easier and actually FUN.

In case you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a program where you get an online stylist who sends you 5 items whenever you prefer. I get items every eight weeks or so. The items your stylist sends are based off of your style profile, which includes everything from fit to style to budget. You’ve got three days to try everything on in the comfort of your home, with your current wardrobe all around you. Then, you choose what to keep and send back what you don’t like (totally free – shipping is included).

Why I love my Stitch Fix membership

It’s taken the trigger OUT of shopping for me. My stylist knows me, my style, and my body. I no longer have to guess what size is right for me, which brands run big/small, or even what styles will be flattering. Instead, she sends me curated items based on how I want to look and feel in my clothes.

Now, if I have to go into stores and shop, I’m amazed at how frustrating the experience can be. Picking sizes is a shit show, and I have no idea how anything is going to fit.

I’ve seen TONS of Stitch Fix reviews about the clothes and service but nothing about the impact on mindset. I’ll never cancel my Stitch Fix membership, because it’s helped me be more accepting of my body. It’s changed how I think about clothing and sizing. Stitch Fix has helped me have fun with fashion, because I don’t have to make decisions about size. This is life-changing for an eating disorder survivor.

So, yes, the service is amazing. The clothes are beautiful. It’s super convenient. But more than that, it’s been a tool in my journey to self acceptance. I hope you’ll join me.

If you want to know more about my journey, I’m getting real with my email buddies later this week. On Thursday, I’m sharing a super personal story about how I’ve started accepting my body, regardless of what the tag on my jeans says, AND sharing my exclusive strategy to detach from clothing label numbers. Enter your email below before to join the party. Don’t miss out.

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How I stopped gaining weight on vacation

Happy Boxing Day! I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas holiday and is enjoying this day off with family and friends. We’re soaking up as much time as possible with Andrew’s and my family, including all the doggies as we prepare to head out on our backpacking trip.

While I am preparing and packing for our trip to South America, I’m reminded of how stressful travel used to be for me. Even just a couple years ago, heading out on vacation was a huge stressor and always led to gaining weight. Because I couldn’t with my standard exercise and nutrition routine, I had no idea what to do. I’d either restrict my eating to an extreme degree when I couldn’t exercise OR overeat all the delicious things “because I was on vacation.”

It wasn’t until last year when I moved to Texas and began traveling more that I had to figure out this travel thing. I knew if I didn’t, my health, workout routine, and nutrition quality would decline.

With lots of experimentation, I’ve identified four key steps that make a huge difference in stopping weight gain while you’re traveling/vacationing. My super simple MOVE framework is your guide to maintaining your weight while on vacation.

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For my December 2016 stitch fix, I asked for DRESSES, lots of party dresses. I wanted to get some new dresses I could wear to the Google holiday party that could also be worn with leggings and boots to work.

December 2016 Stitch Fix Review #5

Happy Friday! It’s my first Friday back in the Bay Area. I’m SO excited. Before we all head into the holiday weekend, I wanted to wish all my blog friends a happy Stitch Fix day!

In case you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a program where you get an online stylist who sends you 5 items whenever you prefer (I get items every eight weeks or so). The items your stylist sends are based off of your style profile, which includes everything from fit to style to budget. You’ve got three days to try everything on in the comfort of your home, with your current wardrobe all around you. Then, you choose what to keep and send back what you don’t like (totally free – shipping is included).

 For my December 2016 stitch fix, I asked for DRESSES, lots of party dresses. I wanted to get some new dresses I could wear to the Google holiday party that could also be worn with leggings and boots to work.

This time, I asked for DRESSES, lots of party dresses. I wanted to get some new dresses I could wear to the Google holiday party that could also be worn with leggings and boots to work. My regular stylist was not able to style my fix this time.

For my December 2016 stitch fix, I received:

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Wisp Coleen Ponte Dress

I love the ponte fabric. It’s structured enough to hide the bra bulge but super comfy. I also wanted a dress that would show off my arms 😉 This one had some fun detailing on the sides, too.

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I loved the detailing and colors but it was a little big in the waist. I ultimately returned it because I thought the neckline wasn’t the most flattering.

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41Hawthorn Kalinah Dress

I loved this dress on the hanger but it just didn’t fit quite right. It was a bit too tight around my butt, which left too much extra fabric around my stomach. img_6071

The cut outs on the sleeves and the pockets were super cute details.

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Laundry by Shelli Segal Zoie Jersey Dress

I had the opposite reaction to this dress than I did to the 41Hawthorn dress. In the box, I didn’t think much of it. I thought it was way too boxy but once it was on, I was intrigued.

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This dress is more trendy than I would normally wear but I think I like it! I think I could wear it with leggings and boots, too, so that’s an added benefit.

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Adrianna Papell Alyce Dress

This dress is absolutely stunning! The back was so classy.

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But I think it was cut on a bias or something, because it has extra fabric around the waist.

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So, unfortunately, the verdict is to RETURN 🙁

Gilli Viola Jersey Dress

Nope. Just nope. I liked the fabric and pattern but when I put it on, I felt about 40 years older than I am.

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Unfortunately, the cinching on the waist seemed to have the opposite effect, calling too much attention (and fabric) to my waist.

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If you have any questions on the service, let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you sign up for Stitch Fix, I get credit if you click through my link (and I appreciate it so much! :))

What styles are you loving for holiday parties?

October 2016 Stitch Fix Review #4

Happy Friday! Andrew flies in today, so I cannot wait to enjoy the weekend with him and Juno! Before we all head into the weekend, I wanted to wish all my blog friends a happy Stitch Fix day!

In case you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a program where you get an online stylist who sends you 5 items whenever you prefer (I get items every eight weeks or so). The items your stylist sends are based off of your style profile, which includes everything from fit to style to budget. You’ve got three days to try everything on in the comfort of your home, with your current wardrobe all around you. Then, you choose what to keep and send back what you don’t like (totally free – shipping is included).

 This time, I was looking for items I could wear for fall and winter with leggings and jeans. At my "real job," I mostly wear jeans with boots or flip fops. Often, this makes me feel pretty frumpy. That's why I asked my stylist, Laura, to send me items I can wear with jeans or leggings that will make me look put together!

This time, I was looking for items I could wear for fall and winter with leggings and jeans. At my “real job,” I mostly wear jeans with boots or flip fops. Often, this makes me feel pretty frumpy. That’s why I asked my stylist, Laura, to send me items I can wear with jeans or leggings that will make me look put together!

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For my October 2016 stitch fix, I received:

Level 99 Jenni Skinny Jeans

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I wore these jeans for all the pictures, and I loved the wash, length, and how they fit my legs. But ultimately, they did not fit well around the waist (likely because they were super high waisted).

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The Korner Elexis Stitch Detail Pullover

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This was beautiful, and I absolutely love the color! There was also beautiful detailing in the knit. When I saw it in the box, I immediately wanted it!

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I’d love to keep this item but it was a little itchy but the bigger problem was that it was dry clean only. I unfortunately can’t afford (or live in) clothes that require dry cleaning.

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Andrew Marc Performance Sintra Puffer Vest

The vest is a lot heavier than it looks, which will be great when it starts to get cold here in Texas. I already have a black vest and have been looking for a grey one for a long time. This one is so much better than the others I have looked at because it can be a little more formal.

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It’s a really nice wool but is also lined so that it’s not super itchy. Win in my book!

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Collective Concepts Selden Textured V Neck Top

This blouse was such a pretty color, and I’ve been trying to incorporate more blush colors into my wardrobe but unfortunately this top is not it.

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There were beautiful details on the sleeves but there wasn’t much shape to the shirt and it was a little too short.

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Market & Spruce Evella Boatneck Top

This top just looks like me. I love stripes and boat-necklines are so sweet. But truth is, there’s something I’m not totally loving about the shirt. I can’t quite figure out what it is but the fact they sent my mom the same top might be part of it!

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If you have any questions on the service, let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you sign up for Stitch Fix, I get credit if you click through my link (and I appreciate it so much! :))

What styles are you loving for fall?

Your motivation and missing workouts

Your alarm buzzes. You roll over to spot the time and feel overwhelmed with exhaustion. Instead of getting out of bed and hitting the weights, you hit the snooze. Or, you finally finish your project at work and get ready to head out the door. You know you should go to the gym but all you feel like doing is watch Criminal Minds reruns and drink wine…so you do. Your motivation does nothing to get your butt off the couch.

Wine, Protein, Veggies

If this sounds familiar or you find yourself skipping workouts, this is for you!

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Increase your willpower: five lifestyle hacks

Happy Friday! I hope it’s been a great short week for you! It’s been a super busy one for me, jet-setting between California and Texas to celebrate my grandma’s 92nd birthday. She’s one amazing lady.

Grandma at Google

It was so good to be home but I can honestly say that this weekend will be full of nothing but chill time with Juno. It’s been a long time since I have had to travel so much and it has me wiped out.

It’s when you are exhausted like this that you tend to slip into bad nutrition and workout habits. You’ve had the longest week of work in your life and suddenly all you want to do is grab some fast food on the way home, eat ice cream straight from the carton, and drink a bottle of wine. You wake up feeling worse than before.

In these situations, we need a few hacks to strengthen our willpower muscle.

Today, I’m sharing my five lifestyle hacks that I use whenever I feel my willpower fading.

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Five Common Backpacking Mistakes: Lessons Learned Summiting Mt. Adams

About ten days ago, I completed my first backpacking trip. My boyfriend and I, with a couple close friends, embarked on a 12-mile, one night, expedition to summit Mt. Adams, a dormant volcano in Washington with an elevation of 12,272 vertical feet.

This was my first overnight backpacking trip, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. So, as soon as I booked my ticket, I started to do my research. Of course, I turned to Pinterest to learn all I needed to know.

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2016 Progress: Revisiting the 3Ms

When I started the Katherine Lynn Fitness blog in January 2016, I wasn’t sure where it would go. I wasn’t yet a personal trainer or PN L1 coach, all I knew is I wanted to share my story with the world and help women live their lives more moderately and fulfilled. No official training on fitness, nutrition, or blogging, I stepped into the blogosphere. And when I look back at my first post, I remember that excitement. I set out my 2016 goals and intentions, bright eyed and bushy tailed, looking into the future.

My goals were the 3Ms, and I thought it’d be timely to check in with them and share my learnings with almost 3/4 of the year under our belts.

 

 Reach your 2016 goals

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Why I’m changing up my training

Happy Monday, my friends! I cannot believe the first week of August has already come and gone. In a few days, I’ll be on the west coast, driving through Oregon, on my way to Mt. Adams for my first big backpacking trip. I’m pretty nervous but also so excited to get out there, get away from the craziness of work and the insane heat in Austin.

With the start of a new month, comes the start of a new training phase. Normally I hit the ground running, 3+ lifting days and 2 conditioning workouts per week. This is my sweet spot. I get enough rest to recover, while also making strength gains.

In July, I stuck to my standard schedule but did some extra leg strength sessions, including high volumes of weighted step ups, with the goal of strengthening my legs and hips for climbing lots of hills. I also incorporated more hiking and incline walking with a weight vest to break in my boots and improve my conditioning.

But since the beginning of the month, I’ve taken a step back, dropping my strength training down to twice a week.

August is going to be different.

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July 2016 stitch fix review #3

Reviewing my July Stitch Fix haul & talking fashion 🙂  

Happy Stitch Fix day everyone!

In case you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a program where you get an online stylist who sends you 5 items whenever you prefer (I get items every six to eight weeks). The items your stylist sends are based off of your style profile, which includes everything from fit to style to budget. You’ve got three days to try everything on in the comfort of your home, with your current wardrobe all around you. Then, you choose what to keep and send back what you don’t like (totally free – shipping is included).

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This time, I’m pretty sure I blanked and forgot I was getting a fix. I didn’t give any guidance to my stylist (oops) but the fix still turned out really well. After 16 fixes, it seems Laura knows me pretty well.

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For my July 2016 stitch fix, I received:

Kassidy Faux Wrap Dress

I love wrap dresses for their simplicity, comfort, and style. They’re flattering on any body type while still being pretty and feminine. The style was enough to get me past the fact the color was so outside of my comfort zone. Never did I expect to wear a bright purple dress!

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Gaura Back Detail Knit Top

Stripes and bows? Let’s be real. We already know I’m going to keep this. The fabric is super soft, and I love the detailing in this top. It also fit nicely, not too tight, and was super slimming.

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Marcos Crochet Neckline Top

I really liked this top but would have preferred it in a different color. I don’t wear a ton of bright colors, and orange and purple in the same box were a lot. I also probably would have kept this top if I had some extra cash but I could only keep three items this time.

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Shuglas Bar Back Knit Top

I absolutely adore the back of this top. The detailing was so so cute!

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But, unfortunately, this top was very short for my torso, which left me looking boxy. I would have loved it had it been a tad longer. The top barely hit my hips, and it definitely was not designed to be a crop top.

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Blake Scissor Cut Hem Skinny Jean

When I saw the color, I knew I would be keeping these if they fit. Thankfully they did! The cut and fit were perfect too, not too low or high waisted with plenty of stretch. I’m a little worried they’ll stretch out too much but we’ll see. At this point, I would definitely recommend them!

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If you have any questions on the service, let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you sign up for Stitch Fix, I get credit if you click through my link (and I appreciate it so much! :))

What styles are you loving for summer?